Thursday, May 14, 2009
As a homeschooling mom of 5, life can be crazy! Add to that 3 boys playing ball and all the other various and sundry things that arise and life can become a little stressful! I am coming out of a time of feeling stressed and overwhelmed and, while I'd like to say I handled it with much grace, I know my attitude was left wanting at times! This morning I found an index card I had tucked in my Bible and I decided I needed to reflect on it again...
I Choose ~
*I choose to stop myself before I yell
*I choose to phrase things in the positive
*I choose to accentuate the positive
*I choose to see my children as fragile gifts that I have the ability to cherish or break
*I choose to keep short accounts with my kids
*I choose to have a cheerful spirit
*I choose to respect my children
*I choose to discipline in love
*I choose to model Christ for my kids
In other words...I choose to rise above the initial fleshly response I am sometimes hit with and respond as someone intimately involved with the One who has extended extravagant grace to me time and time again!
I love how The Message puts it ~ James 1:19 ~ "Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear."